Christmas Card for my Daughter



I made this for one of my daughters Christmas gifts. We are spending time with family this week and had a minute to post this. I hope all of you have a very Happy and Safe New Year!!! Now for the card details.....

Don’t you just love this paper? I just swoon looking at this wonderful paper set called Flakes Of Snow by Mary Ann Wise .I turned Hero Arts new cuckoo clock into bird feeders for this card. Notice the pull tab? It has a hidden message for my daughters Christmas gift. Cl388 Cuckoo 6x4, Girl is from the Greeting Farm , Copic markers

You can see the full kit here


Merry Christmas to You and Your Families




I just wanted to send you all a quick Merry Christmas message and I'm just getting the chance to do it now AFTER Christmas. I hope your holiday was filled with love and joy! Every year for the past 17 years Christmas Eve has been at our house (except one year) and setting the table is always a big thing. I want the dinner to feel magical so I spend some time on the table. This year I just used the leftover ornaments that didn't make it to the tree and clustered the ornaments with some faux greenery. For dinner this year we had pasta with meat balls and salad...yumm. We are in Arizona visiting family and my spell check isn't working so please overlook any spelling errors :). Thanks a have a great week! Hugs,Kathy I would love to hear about your family traditions


Owl Money Holder

Owl Money Holder

inside the "pocket"


I created these cards for the HERO ARTS CHALLENGE called "Cards that give". Every year I give money to my nephews and usually end up wrapping their money in a cereal box and taping it to the bottom or something silly. This challenge helped me step out of my box and create something a little more creative. I wanted to use this New DigiKit called Wrap it Up Christmas Papers By Shimelle Laine HERE came just in time for me. I needed some masculine paper to create my money holders for my 18 year old nephews. I cut out the eye so you can see the money and was careful to place my foam strips so that the folded money had enough space to fit within the card. The stamp is from Hero Arts called Big Owl K5059.
Also shown a digi kit from Jen Martakis (see the orange grid one)called This Year Here . This kit had just right color of orange that I was looking for and the I love the grid patterns available in this kit. I hope everyone has an awesome Holiday!


Jen Martaksi "This Year" new DigiKit

I just love all of Jen Martakis kits and especially this one. The colors are so bright and cheerful and they are a great way to start off the new year. This DigiKit makes me ponder what colors will be my favorite color combination in 2010? I think I may be leaning towards orange and blue??? How about you think you will have a new go to color combo??? Here is the full kit for you to see and it's for sale at Two Peas and A Bucket. I hope you all have the spirit of this season and aren't stressed with a long "to do" list. Have a great week!Hugs,Kathy

For the green part of the flower I borrowed some of the leaves from the stem and glued them onto the circle part of the flower. I needed some contrasting color against my orange background. I cut apart some of the other circle flowers just use as an embellishment at the bottom on my card. Stamped frog from Hero Arts Sending Happy Thoughts CL305 and added some shading to him with a Copic marker. Buttons are Hero Arts too. Please stop by to see HERO ARTS NEW 2010 CATALOG HERE BEWARE YOU WILL WANT THEM ALL!


Hero Arts Big Release 2010 Stamp officiala Blog Hop!!

Welcome to my part of the Hero Arts Blog hop. I’m so excited you stopped by, and I have some exciting new 2010 stamps to share with you!

"Thinking of You"

Thinking of You


I love this doily stamp and I wanted to design this card with a  dramatic flower using this doily. I wanted to use lots of color  when I selected my Copics. After coloring I used my craft knife to cut the center “petals” and bent them up. I promise it was easy. Added some bling and cut and layered. For the background I used clear embossing powder on the same doily stamp for a hint of color and pattern.

Hero Arts: Circle Doily CG168, Essential Messages CL371
Paper is from PapertryInk  & Taylored Expressions
Copic colors: W-1,Y38,Y17,YR68, R05,E08,YR04,YR16,R37,G14, E47, BG49
Misc: Fancy Tags from Shapeabilities, clear embossing powder, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Memory Box jewel stickers in azalea pink.

"In Life..."

In Life...


I  love any Hero Arts butterflies and these new butterfly antique engravings are no exception! To begin I stamped the clouds, then inked up the dandelion stamp. I was just dying to color the butterflies and I wish the picture showed the shading better. After cutting out the butterflies I applied Glossy Accents to each butterfly. Added texture to the background with some Cuttlebug dots embossing folder and I scored the teal strip with my Scor-pal.

Hero Arts: Dandelion Frame CG153, Antique Engravings Cl383, Essential Messages CL371, S5215 Clouds Background.
Copic colors: Red butterfly: Y17,Y38,RV29,YR04,R05,59
Greenish Butterfly :YG,06,BG15,BG49
Misc: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink & Summer Sky, Glossy Accents, Dots Embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

"Coffee or Tea"

 Coffee or Tea?


I just love this new clear set called What’s Perking. The very first thing that I did was pencil in the steam squiggles then very slowly stitched them with my machine turning the paper ever so slowly. Erase any leftover pencil marks. (It may take a few tries but the result is well worth it.) Now you are safe to stamp, masking one mug. I switched the handle on the left mug because it was in my visual space by cutting it off and adhering to the other side of the mug. I randomly picked some bright colors and really enjoyed coloring these adorable coffee and tea mugs.

Hero Arts:What’s Perking CL416
Copic colors:Y17, Y38, RV29,YR04, R05,R59, YG,06, BG15, BG49
Misc: Fancy Tags from Shapeabilities, Crystal Sticker gems, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Thanks again for visiting my blog (Kathy Racoosin), and  now I turn you over to Kristina Werner’s blog. Hop on over - she is so creative! Have fun :)
Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the  Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop!


Hidden Message



There are so many wonderful things going on at Hero Arts and their big 2010 Catalog Preview Blog Hop is this Friday! I am so excited. I made this card for the President of Hero Arts, Aaron because he is a prince to so many of us Hero Arts Groupies!  I hope everyone is having a great week. Hugs,Kathy


THIS IS MY CARD FOR THE CLUB ANYA BLOG HOP.... My Christmas wish to Santa





The idea of this card is that the girl is asking Santa in her dreams what she is is hoping for on Christmas.... a cuddly blue stuffed animal with wings. All images are colored with Copic Markers.To make the wings I folded the butterfly in half and covered with Liquid Embossing plus several other areas on the other images. I scored lines in the background after stamping with a swirl pattern stamp from Hero Arts. I hope you like this I labored over the layout of all these images. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Greeting Farm Stamps: Rain,Snow,Shine, X-Mas Sweeties, Forest Friends
Hero Arts: CG119 Flourish background, S5107 Screen Shadow, CG130 Butterfly
Copics on girl: Y11,E25, RV29, RV37,G17,BG05,YOOO,RV10 eyeliner Spica tourquois
Deer: BG05


Claudine Hellmuth and My Green Stocking

Here  is Claudine Hellmuth's blog where she has all the info on her Sticky Back Canvas and other ways to use it.

AND a card with more Sticky back...I love working with the texture.


I painted the canvas with Claudine's Landscape Green paint and once dry I stamped on my new green surface with Hero Arts stamps. The tree is from Hero Art's Scribble Trees DigiKit here. I distressed the tree with Ranger Peeled Paint and Pine Needles then poured on Crackle Liquid Embossing and put the gems down when almost dry. 

There were a few questions about the Copic colors I used on my trees Hybrid Gift Stocking
I apologize for the late response .... if you send me an email I can get back to you quicker. See right side bar :) Have a great weekend. I'll be making some potato latkes tonight while we decorate our Christmas tree...yum!Happy Holidays!  Hugs,Kathy


Cards for Kids makes a profound impact on the kids

Do you remember when Jennifer McGuire collected cards for Eric and his famly? This was the post with the info on Eric's fight for his life and now he rests in peace. A special thanks to all of you who touched Eric and his family lives in a very profound way! I went to their house this afternoon to give them a mini stamping lesson. Immediately Rachel (Eric's sister) ran upstairs and brought me her bag of cards to share with me. She showed me some of the HER cards with great joy and told me where each one was from. A few that she just happened to pull out of her bag were from Cathy, Sarah and Virginia...that was a really cool moment for me and I was beaming like a proud parent.  Leslie, (Rachel's mom) told me that Jacob(Eric's brother) carries his cards around in a bag as well. Often he will take them out to just admire them so she had to replace the bag that his cards were in. Rachel, her mom and I inked, cut, distressed and stamped for four hours! Watch out because Rachel is only SEVEN and she was amazing at sewing, inking, the hole ball of wax!! I was so impressed. So if you have a card laying around please send it to one of the kids below or their siblings. You have no idea of the impact it makes in their lives. Here Jennifer's blog with more information.

Here is the start of Jennifer McGuire's  newest card drive - Cards for Kids.
CFK logo

She hopes to collect a ton of cards for EIGHT sick children and their families.  Cards of encouragement, love, cheer and hope.  We truly feel that cards can lift spirits.  And, in these rough times, it is an inexpensive way to make a difference in someone's life.
And, Jennifer say's "of course, there will be lots of prizes!"
Now, about these amazing kids.  Here are the eight - possible others will be announced soon.  (Click on each name to learn more about them and their families.)
    CARDS FOR KIDS children:
  1. Kate - Age 5
  2. Gavin - Age 4
  3. Sami - Age 18
  4. Meg - Age 4
  5. Zach - Age 8
  6. David - Age 6
  7. Braden - Age 4
  8. Emily - Age 6
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Braden Emily copy


Jennifer McGuire's Card Drive

Both of these cards are for Jennifer McGuire’s  card drive and I am sure she needs cards especially because of the holiday season everyone is so busy. ,Here is more information and there is LOTS of prizes to give away.


This card was created with  two Hero Art DigiKits Four Santa’s  Here and Scribble Trees Here I turned the Santa around so he’s in a position to decorate the tree and the believe is from another santa image. I am so excited that Hero Arts gives you the option to print line drawings of their images so that you can color them.
Hero Arts stamps: K5192 Dots & soft pool shadow ink

Thinking of You
Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone is beginning to thaw out. Hugs,Kathy
Hero Arts Stamps: CG104 in a vase, CL305 Sending Happiness


Jen Martaksi "Bit of Pretty" new DigiKit

This new hot off the press digikit is available now at Two Peas. You can just click on my side bar for a quick link.



 I love these soft colors on the DigiKit from Jen Marakis called Bit of Pretty. I wanted to make a blank card so to visually fill the space I scored the paper and distressed some of the edges with Ranger Brushed Corduroy .The butterfly is colored with Copic marker V12, V15, V17 and then added white dots with and Uni-ball pen. Pearls are from Crystal Stickers. 
Hero Arts butterfly CG130


 I love the labels too because they are so versatile and so easy to resize in Word. I stamped the striped background in Ranger Milled Lavender and the label I stamped in my favorite HA stamp. Used white Uni-ball for dots in the background and on the deer.
Stamps Hero Arts, CG125 Friendship definition ,CG119 Flourish Background, CL255 Holiday Wishes, white button. The deer is from The Greeting Farm



 Even these flowers are from her kit. I cut them out, colored the edges with a beige marker and used Liquid Embossing. So fun to make a card with scraps.


New Release...Baby It's Cold Outside by Michelle Underwood

 Baby It's Cold


Notice this tiny cut out snowflake from the's in her hair you will find the exact same snowflake in my card below and it's LARGE .... same huh? This is what's great about DigiKits. I do all my digi stuff in word only so anyone can do this.

 A Snowflake is...


For both of these cards I drew inspiration from Mojo Monday #16 Challenge.  I used all of the paper from the Michelle's kit except for the solid brown paper. I printed and cut the snowflakes in different sizes, cut and then colored them. The magic happens when you use the Liquid Embossing. The snowflake sentiment is from Hero Arts(CL234 "Winter's Butterfly") and the girl is from the Greeting Farm (Xmas Sweeties").Have a great week! Hugs,Kathy


Winter Chill

Winter Chill


I just had to do some good old fashioned coloring today. After all my blog is "The Daily Marker" so I created this card for two challenges, The Greeting Farm and Card Positioning Systems #144. I colored the image with Copics and applied eye shadow with a Spica pen. Glossy Accents are on the snow boots. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment or just taking a peek. Have a great Sunday!
Stamps: Hero Arts: CL368 Create Your Own Snowman, CG100 Snowflake Circle, CG119 Flourish Circle,and The Greeting Farm"Rain Snow Shine".

Look at what I woke up to this morning....perfect for a winter chill card.
First Snow


It was a VERY EXCITING DAYwhen I recieved an email

from Jenyfur at asking if I would like to be a guest designer for Hero Arts Digital Showcase with Caardvarks. Well you can only imagine my excitement and I am here to say that I said YES!!!!! If you don't know me I love Hero Arts and Caardvarks so I really racked my brain to do something special for this great honor. So I am delighted you are stopping by and a big thanks you all who visit my blog on a regular basis and a very special thanks to Jenyfur for this great opportunity!

Created for CAARDVarks


Designed for CAARDVarks

I loved working with Hero Arts DigiKit "Holiday Words and Ornaments" here . One of the things I LOVE about going hybrid is you can change the sizes of the digi “stamps” !!! I saved time on this ornament by not coloring or stamping, cleaning etc. so I could spend more time on the beading. To begin I downloaded the kit, chose the ornament with the geometric lines and changed the color to blue. I printed on white card stock and cut the image out leaving a boarder on the edge. For the beading I used some blue thread I had on hand and I didn’t worry about placement of the seed beads. The most important thing is to have the right size needle. I suggest you test the needle on several beads to see if they fit completely through the eye of needle otherwise it’s very frustrating! For the threading on the ornament I had some silver and blue metallic threads. I used a thicker needle and followed the lines in the digital ornament. When I placed the ornament on the card I put double pop dots on top of each other on the back so it’s raised over the boarder of the frame.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Holiday Words & Ornaments” seed beads, embroidery floss, metallic threads and sewing needles.

Hybrid Gift Stocking



I also really enjoyed Hero Arts wonderful and creative "Scribble Trees" digikit here  I really wanted to create some mini stockings for those special people in my life. I wanted to find a template that was quick and easy that I could pass on to you so I was delighted when I found Martha Stewart’s template here. If you making mini stockings do NOT enlarge the template. This way you can cut both sides of your stocking on a single  8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. (finished stocking size is 7x7x4)

Details on the stocking:
I printed M.S. template on “printer” paper to make my template, traced it on card stock and cut out. (I trimmed the sewing margins just a tiny bit.) After cutting out both sides of the stocking I put one aside because I had no interest in decorating the back. I stamped  the green paper with Hero Arts stamps in distress ink and embossed the branch stamp in clear and then distressed with a heavy hand.  I scored the paper every half inch and then rotated the paper to create a diamond patter. Fold down the cuff and choose your ribbon for the hanger.(This is a good time to start on your trees so they have time to dry ...while you are waiting for them to dry you can do your sewing)  Make a sandwich between the ribbon loop with both sides of your stocking. I use paper clips to hold my two sides of the stocking in place while sewing. You will be sewing your loop into the stocking. If you choose you can go over the stitching with a light  marker to add color so the stitches are more subtle and not so bright white.

Supplies for stocking:  Hero Arts “Old Lettering Writing”S4878, “Branch Background” CG122, green cardstock, embellishments ,Ranger Peeled Paint & Pine distress inks, Copic Markers, Stickles Lime Green.

Details for the scribble trees on the green stocking:
I downloaded the trees & selected this particular tree to work with. I played with the sizes of trees I desired in “Word” then printed them in different sizes and heights on Claudine Hellmuth’s “Sticky Back Canvas” (do a test first of your sizes first) I have the 8.5x11 sheets so they just slide right into your printer. After cutting out the trees I colored them with Copic markers (you can use distress inks too) and outlined the edges so you don’t see ANY white. Then I covered all the trees with Stickles and while waiting to dry I did my sewing. Once dry I DID NOT  remove the backing (from the Claudine's Sticky back canvas) from the trees. I glued down 3 trees and popdotted the last two. Apply your embellishments and ribbon and stand back to admire your work.

Supplies for scribble trees: Claudine Hellmuth’s “Sticky Back Canvas”, Copic markers, metal accents by Mark Richards and Crystal Sticker Elements, Lime Green Stickles.

Hybrid Gift Stocking



This blue mini stocking was created from the same DigiKit from Hero Arts as the green one above this but, here it is again and here is Martha Stewart's template again. 

Details on the blue stocking:
I printed Martha Stewart template on “printer” paper to make my template, traced it on card stock, cut out. (I trimmed the sewing margins just a tiny bit.) After cutting out both sides of the stocking I put one aside because I had no interest in decorating the back. Then I stamped with Hero Arts Flourish Background in Broken China Distress Ink and I added white details with a Glaxy white marker for a shadow effect. Now you are ready to fold down the cuff and choose your ribbon for the hanger. (this is a good time to start on your trees so they have time to dry ...while you are waiting for the trees to dry you can do your sewing)  Make a sandwich between the ribbon loop with both sides of your stocking. I use paper clips to hold my two sides of the stocking in place while sewing. You will be sewing your loop into the stocking.

Supplies for this stocking:  Hero Arts “Flourish Background” CG119, card stock, embellishments and a boarder punch. This particular punch new from Martha Stewart. PapertreyInk ribbon and button, Broken China distress ink by Ranger, Galazy White Marker. 

Details for the scribble trees:
I downloaded the trees & selected this particular tree to work with. I created the tree image to different sizes that I desired in “Word” and changed the color of the trees to a blue grey then, I printed them on a white card stock and cut out (notice I cut off some of the lines that extend off the tree all except for the focal tree). I distressed the trees in Broken China and Faded Jeans. When distressing try to keep the center lighter than the permitter of the image. I stamped the trees with Hero Arts Old Letter Writing in Broken China and for the biggest tree I added some Walnut distress ink (just a little on the stamp). I used a blob of Stickles and rubbed it into my trees with my finger and set aside to dry. (while drying this is a good time to do your sewing). Now it’s time to decide how you want to decorate the trees. I sewed down some seed beads with some blue thread I had on hand and added sequins with seed beads on top of the sequins for the largest tree. (It really didn’t take as long as you might think.) Most important is to have the right size needle to fit though the seed beads. Test before trying otherwise it’s very frustrating! Glue down the secondary trees first and then popdot your focal tree. Apply your embellishments and ribbon on the cuff and stand back to admire your work. 

Supplies for the scribble trees:  Hero Arts “Old Letter Writing” S4878, Faded Jeans and Broken China distress ink, Waterfall Blue Stickles, Seed beads and Sequins, Bugle Beads for the star, card stock, thread and needle.


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